Jews in Israel

by tully
July 14, 2006 6:57 AM
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I just got back from the airport. Wow. I honestly don't know what to say right now. Did that really happen? I guess it did, although it seems too good to be true. That's because it was too good to be true.

Sorry for being so mysterious about things, but I didn't want to jinx myself. But now that I'm sitting in my bedroom and staring at 12 hours of captured DV tapes, I feel like I'm finally in the clear. For those of you who don't know where I was or what I was doing, here it goes:

I flew to Tel Aviv for five days with my buddy Matthew Robison to document The Silver Jews' first two shows ever played in Israel. But that wasn't all. We also shot hours of footage of David Berman, his wife Cassie, and the rest of the gang maxing, relaxing, and experiencing a transcendent day trip to Jerusalem.

Since the mum's-the-word approach seems to have paid off with regards to the trip itself, I don't want to jinx anything by bragging about the 'amazingly brilliant' footage we shot. That said, I know for a fact that we shot some amazingly brilliant footage.

Israel itself is a truly beautiful place. I have to confess, I've always been opposed to the brutish stylings of the American and Israeli governments, but the people there were nothing but kind and friendly and polite. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome, and I'd like to thank everyone for being so generous (more on them in a later update).

I have a ton of great stills to post, but for now I'll just throw up a few to get things started...









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  • Chip | July 16, 2006 7:00 AMReply

    Got out of there just in time. You almost could have gotten your ass blown off.

  • Randall Bobbitt | July 15, 2006 6:22 AMReply

    COOOOOOOLLLL!!!! Are you editing the footage? Are you guys making a DVD? What's going on with the project?

  • tully | July 14, 2006 11:32 AMReply

    funny you should ask that, Tom. we might as well have been in Ocean City, Maryland. seriously, no one even talked about what was going on. the sense i got from the kids we hung out with was that they were slightly apologetic about their army, as most of us are with regards to our government. also, as one person said, it's really nothing new so it doesn't even phase them at this point. kind of depressing, but in a way it's also heartening. i don't know what i'm talking about. all i know is that i feel like i just returned from a jaunt to Heaven.

  • Slots | July 14, 2006 8:44 AMReply

    Nice pics, I wonder if the conflict will esculate. Looks like a great trip though

  • Slots | July 14, 2006 8:42 AMReply

    It looks a nice place, shame about the conflict :~(

  • Tom | July 14, 2006 5:46 AMReply

    Wow... looks like an amazing trip. The nation is going to war, though! Any experience of the escalation of violence there?